Tuesday, June 2, 2020

The Summer Deal by Jill Shalvis Blog Tour

From New York Times bestselling author Jill Shalvis comes a friends-to-frenemies-to-lovers story… Add in a few secrets. Shake. Stir. Then read on a lazy summer day at the beach…

Brynn Turner desperately wishes she had it together, but her personal life is like a ping-pong match that’s left her scared and hurt after so many attempts to get it right. In search of a place to lick her wounds and get a fresh start, she heads back home to Wildstone.

And then there’s Kinsey Davis, who after battling serious health issues her entire twenty-nine years of life, is tired of hoping for... well, anything. She's fierce, tough, and she’s keeping more than one bombshell of a secret from Brynn – her long-time frenemy.

But then Brynn runs into Kinsey's best friend, Eli, renewing her childhood crush. The good news: he’s still easy-going and funny and sexy as hell. The bad news: when he gets her to agree to a summer-time deal to trust him to do right by her, no matter what, she never dreams it’ll result in finding a piece of herself she didn’t even know was missing. She could have real connections, possibly love, and a future—if she can only learn to let go of the past.

As the long days of summer wind down, the three of them must discover if forgiveness is enough to grasp the unconditional love that’s right in front of them.


Book 5
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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

4.5 stars of finding what family really means goodness

This is the fifth book in the series, but I think you could easily read it as a standalone and not feel like you weren't up to speed. The characters are all well introduced, and the use of Brynn and Kinsey's summer camp journals gives us a further link with how long they and Eli have known each other. And yet... secrets abound and deciding who has the right or the obligation to be honest is something which Eli and Kinsey fail at, hurting Brynn all over again.

I really loved all of them, with all their faults – well, Deck doesn't really have any faults at all, although his ex would possibly find some – and their family issues. I think the fact that both Brynn and Kinsey really have it together at work, even if their view points are so different, and yet their personal lives are a mess, with or without a support mechanism.

Eli is in the ultimate rock and a hard place for a lot of the book, and even though he is a talented surfer and diver, he has trouble getting himself out of hot water on more than one occasion. All of this made him human, and thereby, also more lovable.

I really don't plan on telling you more of the plot, other than it is a really fun, sensitive, romantic, and at times, even frustrating read, but utterly worthwhile. Highly recommended for taking you completely away from your every day.

This is the fun story of the complicated relationships between a group of California housemates. The focus is on Kinsey and Brynn, childhood frenemies tied together by long secrets, and their relationships with Eli. The two women are complicated and difficult – but as they get to know each other, they have more in common than it first seems.

It’s always a challenge to engage with characters who aren’t terribly likeable. For different reasons, Brynn and Kinsey are pretty difficult characters to care about at the start. It’s only as readers learn more about their long history together and their personal traumas that it’s possible to excuse some of the crazy. And there is a lot of crazy in this book. The characters are supposed to be professionals in their late twenties but their emotional incontinence reads more late teens. Their story left my head spinning but by the end, I was thoroughly enjoying Kinsey and Brynn’s stories.

I’m really not sure about the romance in this book. I think Kinsey’s romance is supposed to be the central storyline, but it feels secondary to her rebuilding her life and recovering her confidence. I found the relationship between the women more interesting than either of their romances and I think the relationships between families and roommates were also more interesting. I have to admit that I was disappointed by the super cliché happily ever after – I feel like Kinsey deserves a more interesting and less conventional future.

All in all, I raced through this book in a couple of sittings. It was an easy, entertaining read and I did love the focus on female friendships.

Mary Jo☆☆☆☆
This is a great book with a love story that is out of the ordinary.

Brynn Turner considers herself to be an oddball. She's never fit in, either with the "in" crowd or the "not so in" crowd. She's put up with bullying throughout most of her school years due to the fact that she has two mothers, wears glasses, and is uncoordinated as anyone can be. As such, Brynn has become a loner and a self-proclaimed nerd.

Her biggest adversary is Kinsey Davis, her own personal mean girl. Brynn doesn't know why Kinsey has made it her personal mission to make Brynn's life miserable. Kinsey is mean to everyone, not just Brynn, and Kinsey believes that by doing this she will keep her heart safe.

Ten years hasn't changed things much, Brynn still considers herself an oddball and screw-up and Kinsey is still keeping most people at arm’s length. The only people who are close to Kinsey is Eli and his brother, Max. Kinsey and Eli have been BFFs since grade school and both of them are always there for the other.

Eli considers it fate when it runs into Brynn at the hospital. Eli crushed hard on Brynn during their camp days, but knew she was way out of his league. Brynn thought Eli was cute but since he was Kinsey's best friend, she knew it would never work.

Now, Brynn is back home after another disappointment in her life, living with her mother is not where she planned to be at this stage of her life. Eli offers her a room in his house with him and his other roommates. Brynn accepts not knowing that Kinsey will be one of her roommates.

Sparks fly between Eli and Brynn, but Eli knows that Brynn has to heal before starting something new. She also makes it very clear that one of the things she absolutely despises is being lied to. Keeping secrets for Kinsey doesn't sit well for Eli, but he made a promise to her.

These secrets threaten the very life that Brynn says she wants, and she doesn't know what to do. Does she forgive and forget, forgive and move on somewhere else, or forgive and grab on to the life she desperately wants with both hands?

Also Available in the Wildstone Series

Book 1
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For reviews & more info, check out our Lost and Found Sisters post.

Book 1.5
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For reviews & more info, check out our The Good Luck Sister post.

Book 2
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For reviews & more info, check out our Rainy Day Friends post.

Book 3
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For reviews & more info, check out our The Lemon Sisters post.

Book 4
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For reviews & more info, check out our Almost Just Friends post.

New York Times bestselling author Jill Shalvis lives in a small town in the Sierras full of quirky characters. Any resemblance to the quirky characters in her books is, um, mostly coincidental. Look for Jill's bestselling, award-winning books wherever romances are sold and visit her website for a complete book list and daily blog detailing her city-girl-living-in-the-mountains adventures.

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of The Summer Deal (Wildstone #5) by Jill Shalvis to read and review for this tour.

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